No matter what type of can be expensive. However, the Aspire & Cooling team can work with you to keep your costs low and ensure your lasts as long as possible. When you’re you have, it can be stressful if it suddenly stops working. We won’t sugar coat it: your isn’t working, we have your back.
Average Costs for Different Types of Furnaces
The cost of your will depend on a number of factors including the type of HVAC installation you choose. Most homeowners have a . Oil is another option, though less popular due to the expense. Depending on where you live, you may also want to install a geothermal , but for the purposes of this article, let’s stick to talking about the three main types: gas, electric, and oil., or a
On average, Home Advisor tells us that a costs about $4,444. Keep in mind, however, that this is a national average. In our experiences, a residential system can cost anywhere from $2,000 – $10,000. The main of a will be the size of your home which determines your . In general, the bigger the the more expensive it will be. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do to cut back on this cost, since you need to your whole home.
The least expensive option is typically an . It is fairly easy to convert from a gas system to an electric system, since homes already have electricity. However, over time, electric furnaces are more expensive to operate, since electricity costs more than gas. Even though an has a longer lifespan than other types of furnaces, the lifetime cost is usually higher.
A is much less expensive to operate. That said, gas furnaces are more expensive upfront than their electric counterparts. If you currently have an , converting to gas may be an added expense as well since you need to add a new gas line to your home. Depending on where you live, your gas company may do this for free, or it may be an added expense.
An is also an option. However, here in the south, we typically don’t see as many oil furnaces due to the price. Oil furnaces are more common in the northeastern United States. These are typically the most expensive types of furnaces with the highest fuel costs, but if you are interested in oil, we can go over your options.
Are High- Units Worth the Cost?
Whether you choose gas or electric for your , you have high- options. These furnaces cost anywhere from 50% to 100% more than the standard models. Is a right for you?
Furnaces come with an (AFUE) rating, which gives you a general idea of how much you’ll spend on electricity or gas every year. The higher the number, the lower your costs will be. For example, an 80% unit will cost more to run than a 95% unit.
Along with considering the , we also recommend looking at the settings offered by your . Sometimes, you’ll be able to save a lot of money simply by using a and choosing a that uses the best technology to your home.
All furnaces are single stage, two stage or variable speed (modulating). A doesn’t have any flame settings available, so temperature in your home can fluctuate wildly even with a . If you have your set at 70 degrees, for example, the temperature might dip well below before your single-stage kicks on. Then, it will your home well above 70 degrees to compensate. This isn’t the most efficient way to your home, but the single-stage units are typically less expensive to install. To save upfront, you may lose a little bit of .
A two stage or duel state has a high flame setting and a low flame setting. This means your home’s temperature won’t fluctuate as wildly. For the least fluctuation, though, choose a variable speed or modulating . A variable speed keeps your home within 1-2 degrees of the temperature you set on your thermostat, so it is the most energy efficient. Of course, these more technologically advanced units are more expensive upfront, so it is something to discuss with our team. We’ll help you decide if this is the best option for your home.
Tax Credits for Going Green
isn’t just about saving money. It is also great for the environment. Sometimes, the government has tax credits and grants available to help homeowners upgrade.
Typically, tax credits are available as a percentage of the , with a maximum limit. Credit availability changes from time to time. We can let you know if there are any current credits available that you could claim. Additionally, we’ll ensure you have the proper paperwork if you do qualify.
Low-End Options – Saving Upfront Could Cost a Lot Over Time!
While you might be tempted to choose the least expensive option, this could actually cost you money over time. In fact, you might pay two or three times the amount you would have paid if you had simply chosen the higher-quality unit to start.
Many inexperienced . Then, they offer many low-cost options. Don’t get us wrong – you’ll still spend thousands of dollars on one of their furnaces! However, they are low-cost from the perspective that they cost less than the options offered by reputable teams. teams have predatory practices where they convince people they need a
Sadly, you get what you pay for. Low-cost might be lower, but you’ll pay a lot more over time. options are also typically low-quality. They need repairs often and only last 5-10 years. So yes, your
Here at Aspire for a is going to be higher than some other options, but the payoff is that these are extremely high-quality units. Whether you want an or , we recommend Trane. & Cooling, we recommend a . This is the brand we use in our own homes and recommend to our friends and family. The total
Mini-Split Options for Homeowners
In some cases, it might make sense to install a small might be higher or the same, this kind of zonal could save you money over time. alongside a mini-split unit. While the upfront
A mini-split unit is also known as a ductless HVAC unit. These HVAC systems provide both window units. You don’t have to retrofit your home with , which can be very expensive or even impossible in some cases. and cooling to a small area of your home (typically 1-3 rooms, but it depends on the size of your unit). With a mini-split, you don’t need to have . So, they are great for homeowners who want to move away from baseboard or radiator and
Mini-split units attach to any exterior wall with a very small hole. They then provide zonal . It’s a great option if you have rooms or wings in your home that you don’t use very often. You can simply shut the door and keep the temperature setting fairly low.
Should You Choose Instead?
In some cases, it makes more sense to repair your instead of replacing it with a . This is where it becomes really important to hire an you trust. The right will give you quality advice about whether it makes sense to repair or replace. Unfortunately, less qualified professionals could lead you astray.
Here’s when we recommend replacing your :
- It is going to cost more to repair than it will to replace
- The system is very old and likely to have more problems in the near future
- Any repair will just be a band-aid solution (aka the HVAC unit is going to continue to need more repairs)
- You want to go green or have better air quality in your home and you’re willing to pay for the upgrade
Some teams jump immediately to replacing your system, even though it isn’t really the best option. In most cases, companies make more money on replacements. So, they will sometimes try to push you in this direction when a repair makes more sense.
On the other hand, sometimes a so-called will sell you on a repair when you really need replacement. They might be too inexperienced to know that a replacement is the better option. Or, they might think they can make more money from you if they perform repairs over and over again before finally telling you to replace your unit.
We’ll give you our recommendation, along with a price quote. Then, you have time to seek other quotes. We’re confident in the integrity of our advice and the transparency of our quote. That’s why our customers come back to us whenever they need help with their .
If you’re worried that you can’t afford a , we might be able to help. We offer financing to qualified buyers, including a lease-to-own program for buyers who might not qualify for traditional financing.
Additionally, we can help you understand any insurance coverage or home warranty you may have that covers the cost of a . In most cases, your homeowners insurance will not cover a . However, it depends on the situation. Warranties may or may not cover your . We can speak with your insurance or warranty company to see if they can help you.
Last but not least, keep in mind that you might be able to finance your with a home equity loan or line of credit. Your mortgage lender can let you know if you qualify.
How Long Does It Take to Get a ?
When it’s the dead of winter, the last thing you want to do is spend days or even weeks without your working properly. Here at Aspire & Cooling, we work hard to ensure you’re back up and running as fast as possible.
That said, we also take care to get the job done right.
The . We don’t waste time, but we also make sure to cover everything on our checklists so you can rest assured that your is installed correctly. The same is true of our repair team. We never want you to wonder if your unit will break down again in a few weeks. Our goal is that you can be sure we complete the job the right way the first time. you choose will, in part, dictate how long it takes for us to complete the
Of course, if you do experience problems after we leave, we’ll return to make it right. We want you to be completely satisfied in our work.
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